FDOT2018 C3D MR3 released Oct 1, 2018

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The FDOT Civil 3D 2018 State Kit is on a quarterly release cycle for updates. Use the link below to find the installation file, Installation Guide, and Release Notes.
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2018CADDSoftware.shtm
Use the advice I share in this mind map to perform the installation an apply the updates correctly.

FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit released Oct 1, 2018

The FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit was released on October 1, 2018. At this time there is no Installation Guide nor Release Notes on the web site. You can find the Installation Guide after you install the State Kit at C:\FDOT2019.C3D\FDOT2019-Civil3DStateKit-InstallationGuide.pdf (ready, fire!, aim) Please refer to the FDOTC3D2018 MR3 post for installation instructions that should be applicable to the 2019 release. Find and install the updates to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D by using the method suggested in the mind map on the FDOTC3D2018 MR3 post.

http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2019CADDSoftware.shtm

FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR2 Release, (version 01.02.00)

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FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR2 Release, (version 01.02.00) is now available (2018-07-03).
This Maintenance Release contains file changes, new files and Application Enhancements that have occurred since FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit was released on 2018-03-30. Maintenance releases are now on a quarterly schedule. In October 2018 you may or may not see a version of the FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit.
Installation Guide, Release Notes, and Download Link are available here:
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2018CADDSoftware.shtm

There are a few things you need to do to your existing installation of Civil 3D 2018 prior to installing this new version of the State Kit. This short video I made for someone installing an older version of Civil 3D is applicable to what you need to look for and how to find it for Civil 3D 2018. Remember, you need to find and install service packs for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking, Autodesk ReCap if they exist. They are released separately so make a thorough search and take notes while you are searching. Your best choice and sometimes your only choice to find the latest updates are by logging into https://manage.autodesk.com Follow the advice in the video about reading the release notes for each service pack. Since there are many details to keep track of make a spreadsheet to list what you need to download. Include the stages of progress in your checklist. It’s very helpful to keep a list of what to install and space to acknowledge each completed stage. Also, when you download a trial version of Civil 3D or the installation files from your Autodesk account you are getting the initial release without the updates. After any new install you should find and install the available updates.
Autodesk installs the Autodesk Desktop App which is supposed to make it easier to keep your software up to date. I have not fully embraced it yet. It might work for you. I have heard some IT departments do not include it in their deployments. Just another reason to follow my method for finding and installing updates in your Autodesk account.
Release notes for MR2 do not mention the change in the Pipe Network Parts. The index numbers for Drainage Structures has changed. The correct version of MR2 has the new index numbers. The released version of MR2 does not. You must contact CADD support to request the corrected files.
Do you see this message when installing?

This error message indicates the software cannot be updated. You need to uninstall the State Kit currently installed then install MR2.
 

Civil 3D for Project Managers

Your ability to view and navigate 3D models is essential to keeping up with technology. Your ability to verify the design specifications are met by the 3D model is very important.
You do not need extensive CADD skills just the basic tools for navigation and checking dimensions, slopes, areas, and volumes. 3D models can help you find utility conflicts or slope overruns outside the ROW. Civil 3D and Microstation are both 3D modeling tools.

2D Sheets are not the future. 3D models are here and now.

2D Sheets are not the future. 3D models are here and now. The first step for a project manager is to learn to use model viewing tools. If you don’t have Civil 3D installed on your computer you can install DWG TruView for free from Autodesk. It is OK to ask for help. The FDOT CADD Support staff are there to assist you. Add “Learn 3D Tools” to your to-do list. Be persistent with your learning efforts.

FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR1 Release, (version 01.01.00)

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FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR1 Release, (version 01.01.00) is now available (2018-03-30).
This Maintenance Release contains file changes, new files and Application Enhancements that have occurred since FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit was released on 12-22-2017.
Installation Guide and Download from:
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2018CADDSoftware.shtm

There are a few things you need to do to your existing installation of Civil 3D 2018 prior to installing this new version of the State Kit. This short video I made for someone installing an older version of Civil 3D is applicable to what you need to look for and how to find it for Civil 3D 2018. Remember, you need to find and install service packs for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking, Autodesk ReCap if they exist. They are released separately so make a thorough search and take notes while you are searching. Your best choice and sometimes your only choice to find the latest updates are by logging into https://manage.autodesk.com Follow the advice in the video about reading the release notes for each service pack. Since there are many details to keep track of make a spreadsheet to list what you need to download. Include the stages of progress in your checklist. It’s very helpful to keep a list of what to install and space to acknowledge each completed stage.
There are no release notes for MR1 at this time.

This error message indicates the software cannot be updated. You need to uninstall the State Kit currently installed then install MR1.
 

FDOTC3D2017 Maintenance Release 3 (MR3)

2018-03-30 Release Date.
FDOT2017 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR3 Release, (version 01.03.00) is now available.
This Maintenance Release contains file changes, new files and Application Enhancements that have occurred since FDOT2017 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR2 was released on 12-27-2017.

The Installation Guide shows you how to install the State Kit, provides a description of the features and stand alone apps included.

Installation Notes and Download from:
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2017CADDSoftware.shtm

Remember to login to your Autodesk subscription account and search for updates to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis, Autodesk Vehicle Tracking, ReCAP. In addition to that list sometimes a hotfix is released for a special issue. Yeah, that’s a lot of updates. Service Packs are no longer cumulative so it takes more attention to detail by someone who cares how the software actually performs. Many people I work with rely on IT staff to perform this function. If they don’t use the software they might not realize the significance of these updates. Review the readme for each update to get a list of problems addressed by the service pack.
Since there are many details to keep track of make a spreadsheet to list what you need to download. Include the stages of progress in your checklist. I have downloaded updates and then later forgot to install them. It’s very helpful to keep a list of what to install and space to acknowledge each completed stage.
There are no release notes for MR3 at this time.

Create Alignment from Network Parts Command in Civil 3D

The purpose of this article is to optimize the use of the Create Alignment from Network Parts command in Civil 3D. You will typically repeat this command for each pipe run you wish to display in a Profile View. There are many settings to preconfigure so each dialog box you encounter in the process will have the desired name format, style, and label choices set as the default.
Civil 3D usually has consistent workflow patterns that allow you to develop an intuition that you can apply to learning other parts of the software. Occasionally you encounter an outlier that defies your intuition. What should be a simple, intuitive, and consistent setup for the Create Alignment from Network Parts command turns out to be somewhat inconsistent and obscure. This command is usually run repeatedly to create profiles for several pipe runs. Each time you run the command you are confronted with the same changes if your settings are not preconfigured with your desired defaults. This tedious repetition can be avoided. I will show you how to preconfigure Civil 3D settings to make the Create Alignment from Network Parts process smoother. I documented which settings worked and which did not to help you avoid hours of bewilderment and frustration.
A few assumptions about the reader before I get started. I assume you know how to run the command so I did not go into a step-by-step process description. I assume you know Civil 3D well enough where there is no need to define what each Civil 3D object does nor get into the details of styles and labels. From the screen captures I provided you can find your way through the Civil 3D interface to get to that dialog box. When I identify something “works” I am stating that I tested the Create Alignment from Network Parts command which begins the sequence of other commands namely the Create Surface Profile and the Create Profile View wizard.
First, I will step you through my thought process and where command behaviors were different from what I had anticipated. Finally, I offer a simplified workflow to produce the desired behavior of having the default settings in each dialog box preconfigured as much as possible.
If you’re eager to see my final conclusion the summary is below:

  • Enable Save Command Changes to Settings in Drawing Settings.
    • Your alignment name edits will be remembered
    • Your choice of the Profile View Style will be remembered.
  • Set the Alignment Style by editing the Alignment Settings, not the command settings
  • Set the Surface Profile Style, Profile Name Template, and Profile Label Set by editing the Profile settings, not the command settings.

If you want to explore what works and what does not read on. The process might help you develop a deeper understanding of Civil 3D settings.

Make your own mind maps with Mindomo.

  Direct link to mind map https://www.mindomo.com/mindmap/preconfiguring-default-values-in-dialogs-when-using-create-alignment-from-network-parts-e4146e8d21494189bac511cf7d6215fa

FDOT Civil 3D 2018 State Kit – new release

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The FDOT Civil 3D 2018 State Kit is now available (2017-12-22).

You probably received this announcement from FDOT.

FDOT2018 C3D 2018 & AutoCAD State Kit Release, (version 01.00.00) is now available.
New release.
Installation Guide and Download from:
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2018CADDSoftware.shtm

There are a few things you need to do to your existing installation of Civil 3D 2018 prior to installing this new State Kit. The link in the installation guide does not give you the necessary details of what to find and what to install for updates.  This short video I made for someone installing an older version of Civil 3D is applicable to what you need to look for and how to find it for Civil 3D 2018. Remember, you need to find and install service packs for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, and AutoCAD Civil 3D. They are released separately so make a thorough search and take notes while you are searching.  Your best choice and sometimes your only choice to find the latest updates are by logging into https://manage.autodesk.com  Follow the advice in the video about reading the release notes for each service pack.

 

D4 Civil 3D Advanced Corridor Model Training Completed

Doug Medley and Brian Morse provided 2 days of Advanced Corridor Modeling on the FDOT Civil 3D 2017 State Kit (MR2). The focus is on Intersection Modeling and Driveway Modeling.